Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1980-03-31
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
sennnheiser 421 > nak 550 fob analog mastering AND analog to digital by rob eaton; dat > cd was sony pcm r-700 > hhb cdr-800; nonseeking shns via Steve Barbella to CDead; some cuts and missing songs (see info file)
- sennnheiser 421 > nak 550 fob analog mastering AND analog to digital by rob eaton
- Passaic, NJ
- Taped by
- Transferred by
- Rob Eaton
- Capitol Theater
Subject: Early '80 old school HG
A show with one source, and it's not complete. But it IS a great AUD, and we're lucky to have it. The tape was paused frequently and will appeal more to old-schoolers (rather than GOML-nniall SBDers). I was given this as a brown-bag trade BITD and even in low gen it was a great show. I didn't have enough from '80 to know just how good. Today it's a hidden gem, though it is recognized on some lists as an '80 fave. It is also known for having the first Stranger. In the middle of a one-off run on the East coast, these were make-up dates from a single cancelled show (10/29/79). At first two were scheduled (April 1 & 2), and then they were moved back and a 3rd show added to make it worth the trip and to make up for the smaller venue. As good as this AUD sounds, crossing fingers there's a SBD in the vault.
First Set. The opener warms up and then the lazy, evolving They Love Each Other lifts the theater. The best '80 versions are understated like this; not punchy but exacting. Mama Tried is missing, and the beginning is cut from the still-excellent Mexicali. The solo is just amazing. Jer keeps going until he's satisfied. This Brown Eyed Women just may surprise you. A delight (even with the tough Jersey chatter). The first-ever Feel Like a Stranger has a slight cut. Jer has it all worked out and starting here it was played almost every night through the year! Check out how these earliest versions are cousins to West LA Fadeaway. Far From Me is the 2nd one, premiered the night before. In fact, the last 4 songs of the set match the night before and this too became an '80 framing. The rest is average '80 with Lost Sailor excerpted and Saint missing.
Second Set. Though it seems odd, Dough Knees started a second set 8 times in '80. The band does the cold start and BOOM go the levels AND the PA; but the playing is explosive. This Samson is ten pounds of dynamite in a five pound bag. Astounding. And listen for the little fills Jer does behind Bobby's vox - because he just ain't done making statements. Maybe better even than 10/30/80. Check how tight they are when Jer suddenly takes another set of measures on his solo. Terrapin is apparently just a way to catch their breath. Not the tightest, and Jer completely forgets a couple verses, but the end jam works. Playin' is a candidate for best of year. It has it all: tight verses, focused jamming, unfocused jamming, terse deliveries and psychedelic wanderings. Drums has an indeterminate cut @4:43 (probably less than 15sec). Sounds like Mickey really tested the stacks and shook the theater. He stays out for Space, which is way better than you might think an early '80 Space will be. Wharf Rat is solid, with an explosive jam. Good Lovin' then drives the theater skybound.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: B+
Overall = 4 stars HG
They Love Each Other - understated yet exacting
Mexicali Blues - beginning is cut but the solo amazing
Brown Eyed Women - surprising
Samson & Delilah - sticks of nitroglycerin
Playing in the Band - candidate for best of year
SOURCES. Just the one.
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: Gotta love the AUDs
Nothing better than a clean, crisp AUD, good set-list, and banter from the crowd (and security). A good AUD for any who prefer them to the SDB.
Subject: Sailor > Saint
Subject: Two Funny Things
(2) The FLAS backing vocals.
Subject: decent aud, okay show
Subject: Better than I thought...
Subject: First Stranger
And Jerry does not have the jam down yet at all...listen to what they have figured out even a couple of months later and this pales in comparison. It gets soooo good in August and September. The jam is quite short as well...but what a great tune.
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